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Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'

Brassica oleracea (Italica Group) 'Early Purple Sprouting'

Also known as

Broccoli, Spruitjies, Spruitkool, Winterblomkool, Winterkool (Afr.)

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

40cm

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'

A close up of some purple sprouting broccoli Brassica oleracea var. italica ‘Early Purple Sprouting’ and some green leaves
Some Brassica oleracea var. italica ‘Early Purple Sprouting’ purple sprouting broccoli in a garden

Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting' Overview

Brassica oleracea var. italica 'Early Purple Sprouting' is commonly known as purple sprouting broccoli. It produces small flower heads and tender stalks. This is an excellent autumn crop for cold climates that can be used either fresh or frozen. Not only are the flower heads edible but so are the stalks, buds, and leaves.

Common problems with Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'

This variety is very disease resistant but can be affected by Cabbage White butterfly. Remove any yellowing or fallen leaves and burn them to prevent fungal diseases.

Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting' Companion Plants

Borage, onions, spring onions, leeks, cucumber, celery, dill, rosemary, sage, nasturtium

How to harvest Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'

Harvest the central head 8-10 weeks after planting out the seedlings when it is fully developed but still compact in late winter to late spring. Cut the heads while they're in a tight bud; Pick once a week in cool weather and twice a week in warm weather to encourage the ​development of side shoots.

How to propagate Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'

Seed

Sow seeds directly, 10-15 mm deep and 30 cm apart in Summer. Germination takes 7-12 days. Or start seeds indoors and transplant once they are 6-8 cm high, 30 cm apart, in drills of 2.5 cm deep.

Special features of Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'

Crop rotation

Purple Sprouting Broccoli is a heavy feeder and the crops should be rotated more often than once every four years to prevent the risk of club root infestation.

Other uses of Broccoli 'Purple Sprouting'

Culinary

Culinary

Medicinal

Edible to Sow Under Cover in May

Successional sow small batches on a sunny windowsill or in a heated propagator, ready to plant out later in the month.

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Edibles to Plant Out in June

Young plants started off indoors can now be planted out.

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